News Nuggets: Finalists announced for Student Oscars

Motion Picture Academy announces finalists for Student Academy Awards: “In March, we talked about some of the rule changes the Academy is making to the short film categories — one of which is that Student Academy Award winners will qualify for Oscar consideration. So it’s worth keeping an eye on this year’s Student Academy Award competition; some of the films selected could pop up at the big show next year. The Academy has named 43 films — 34 from the US, nine international — as finalists in this year’s competition, with winners to be named in six categories: Alternative, Animation, Documentary, Narrative and Foreign.” In Contention

Early Best Actress buzz for Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine” and Oprah Winfrey in “The Butler.” Showbiz 411

Country music stars Little Big Town and Trisha Yearwood among this year’s Daytime Emmy contenders. Country Weekly

After only eight weeks on Broadway, Tony-nominated play “Lucky Guy” recoups its initial $3.6 million investment. Associated Press

Tony Awards will honor playwright Larry Kramer with Isabelle Stevenson Award. Kramer wrote the play “The Normal Heart,” about the AIDS crisis, which won Best Play Revival in 2011.

2012 Oscar-nominees Steven Spielberg and Bradley Cooper team up for “American Sniper.” The Wrap

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